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Intense Colombia - 13 Nights Itinerary

Possibly Latin America’s best-kept secret, re-emerging Colombia is a land blessed with lush-green tropical rainforests, enchanting towns, paradisiacal beaches and colorful cities exploding with culture. This two-week tour across this magical nation will take you to beaches on both oceans, the deservedly world-famous coffee triangle region, and metropolitan cities where you can sample the resurgence of culture, art and food. In the vibrant capital city of Bogota – a sprawling metropolis with a population of more than 7.5 million – you’ll find a wealth of museums, galleries, coffee shops and an unforgettable nightlife. From there, it’s off to the other extreme: the virtually uninhabited Pacific coast, a region of pristine tropical beaches, delicious coastal cuisine, and the almost unknown Cantil Cabañas. Next, we will head off to the heart of the Colombian coffee triangle in search of Juan Valdez and the world’s richest mocha, later venturing to southern Colombia to experience the enigmatic archeological ruins of San Augustin; here, you will discover the largest collection of religious monuments in Latin America. Finally, crossing this highly diverse country, we will travel to the Caribbean coast for a dive deep into the fusion of flavors, rhythms, colors and aromas of Cartagena – a Latin-Caribbean jewel. An intense journey, you can experience this and more in 14 memorable days and 13 unforgettable nights. Time to start packing..!!

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Intense Colombia : Highlights

Colombia, Bogota City Tour, Coffee Region, Cartagena.

Intense Colombia : Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Bogota
Day 2: Bogota City Tour
Day 3: Bogota – Nuqui (Pacific Coast)
Day 4: El Cantil Cabañas
Day 5: El Cantil Cabañas
Day 6: Nuqui – Coffee Region
Day 7: The Colombian Coffee Region
Day 8: Coffee Region – San Agustin
Day 9: San Agustin
Day 10: San Agustin
Day 11: San Agustin - Cartagena
Day 12: Cartagena
Day 13: Cartagena
Day 14: Cartagena - Departure
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Intense Colombia : Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Bogota

PM: Upon your arrival in the vibrant Colombian capital of Bogota, you will be welcomed by your bilingual travel guide and accompanied to the 5-star Tequendama Hotel, where you will stay for the next two nights.

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Day 2
Bogota City Tour

AM: This morning we will head out on a half-day city tour of Colombia’s capital city. You will begin with a walk around Bogota’s main square (Bolivar Plaza), and the government buildings around it (including the Presidential Palace) before entering the nearby Candelaria District, the colonial historic district of the city. Next we will visit the impressive San Francisco and La Tercera churches and the world-famous Museo del Oro, which contains more than 30,000 pre-Columbian gold artifacts.

PM: The highlight of the day will be a cable-car trip to the summit of Monserrate Hill, Bogota’s best-known landmark, from where you can take in an inspiring view of the whole city and the savannah beyond. [As an alternative, this afternoon you can visit the typical “Paloquemao” market place, where you will see traditional vendors and typical fruits, vegetables and other food products of the region. This can help give you authentic insight in the everyday life of Colombians.]

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Breakfast
Day 3
Bogota – Nuqui (Pacific Coast)

AM/PM: After breakfast, we will head for the airport and fly from Bogota (with one stop in Medellin) to the village of Nuqui, on the Pacific coast. After a short walk, we will board a small motorboat to make the one-hour trip south along the coast to Coqui Cove, which is a spectacular seaside setting of the El Cantil Cabañas, where you will stay for the next three nights. At the El Cantil Cabañas, you can go on daily walks to the sea and explore the surrounding tropical forest. [During whale season, the boat trip to the sea to observe these visitors is USD $128 per person]

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Breakfast - Dinner
Day 4
El Cantil Cabañas

AM/ PM: The combination of coast and jungle provided by the El Cantil site represents one of the most interesting and diverse jungle programs in all South America. El Cantil consists of more than eight rustic cabañas, all equipped with shower-baths, hammocks, mosquito nets and oil lamps in the rooms (electricity is available only in the restaurant). Each cabaña also has a view of the sea. And the meals? ...excellent! There are opportunities for diving and snorkeling. Both the guide (who is also an expert on the natural phenomena of the area) and the diving instructor are excellent. Something new is programmed for each day of your stay, with different excursions planned for exploring the jungle, the various beaches, and/or the sea. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
El Cantil Cabañas

AM/ PM: The combination of coast and jungle provided by the El Cantil site represents one of the most interesting and diverse jungle programs in all South America. El Cantil consists of more than eight rustic cabañas, all equipped with shower-baths, hammocks, mosquito nets and oil lamps in the rooms (electricity is available only in the restaurant). Each cabaña also has a view of the sea. And the meals? ...excellent! There are opportunities for diving and snorkeling. Both the guide (who is also an expert on the natural phenomena of the area) and the diving instructor are excellent. Something new is programmed for each day of your stay, with different excursions planned for exploring the jungle, the various beaches, and/or the sea. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6
Nuqui – Coffee Region

AM: After breakfast, we will return by motorboat to Nuqui and from there drive to the airport, from where you will fly to Pereira, the capital of Colombia’s Risaralda Province. There, you will spend two nights at a typical Colombian coffee plantation.

PM: In the afternoon you’ll visit of a special coffee-growing farm, where you will get a technical and practical introduction to the entire coffee cultivation and production process, as well as visit a botanical garden with an impressive butterfly breeding center. 

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Breakfast - Dinner
Day 7
The Colombian Coffee Region

AM: After breakfast, we will visit to the picturesque village of Salento, where you can see the impressive “Palma de Cera,” Colombia's national tree and one of the tallest varieties of palms in the world.

PM: We will continue on to the Cocora Valley to discover breathtaking landscapes that we will explore on horseback or walking.

[Additional fee for a visit to the Jesus Martin coffee house for coffee tasting: $12 USD per person; Additional fee for lunch at the Juan B. Restaurant, $26 USD per person]

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Breakfast - Dinner
Day 8
Coffee Region – San Agustin

AM: After breakfast, we will drive to the airport and fly to the city of Neiva (with a stopover in Bogota). After reaching Neiva, we will go on a 4-5 hour overland trip through the mountainous landscape of the Magdalena River area to the town of San Agustin.

PM: Upon reaching the village, we will proceed to the Yalconia Hotel, where you will spend the next three nights.

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Breakfast
Day 9
San Agustin

AM: In the morning, you will go on an extensive tour of the San Agustin Archaeological Park (the largest collection of religious monuments in Latin America), visiting “Mesitas A, B, C and D,” the Fuente Ceremonial de Lavapatas and the Archaeological Museum.

PM: In the afternoon, we will travel by horseback to the “El Tablón” and the “La Chaquira” archaeological parks, or – alternatively – visit to the nearby Straits of the Magdalena, a beautiful spot that’s really worth seeing.

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Breakfast
Day 10
San Agustin

AM: After breakfast, we will visit the nearby village of San José de Isnos to see the treasures of its archaeological park, which consists of the Alto de los Ídolos, Alto de las Piedras and two waterfalls (“Salto del Mortiño” and “Salto de Bordones”).

PM: In the afternoon, we will return to San Agustin, with free time for exploring this quaint village.

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Breakfast
Day 11
San Agustin - Cartagena

AM: In the morning, we will take an overland trip back to the airport in Neiva. With one stopover in Bogota, you’ll fly to the city of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, where you will be welcomed by the local travel guide. You will be accompanied to the first-class Caribe Hotel, located in Cartagena´s Bocagrande district, which directly overlooks the Caribbean beach.

PM: The remainder of the day will be at your discretion. 

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Breakfast - Dinner
Day 12
Cartagena

AM: After breakfast you will go on a half-day trip around Cartagena, one of the most impressive urban centers in Latin America. It’s a historic city was constructed in the Spanish colonial style and remains surrounded by high defensive walls. But don’t be surprised if your own defenses are lowered and you find yourself falling in love with Cartagena’s heady mix of history and Caribbean charm. The tour takes you around all the historic buildings and plazas of the old city, including the La Popa Convent and San Felipe Castle.

PM: The afternoon will be at your discretion for either exploring the streets of the old city at your leisure or taking a dip in the Caribbean Sea. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 13
Cartagena

AM: This morning you will go on a day-trip to the Islas del Rosario national marine park, including lunch. You will take a tour of San Martín Island’s natural aquarium to see performing dolphins and sharks. From there, you will head to the privately owned Pirate’s Island, where there will be time to relax, sunbathe and take a dip in the Caribbean.

PM: Returning to Cartagena in the afternoon, that night you will have dinner in one of the “Old City’s” picturesque restaurants. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 14
Cartagena - Departure

AM: In the morning you will be accompanied to the Cartagena airport, where you can catch your international flight home – reflecting on you rich and intense Colombian experience.

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Intense Colombia : Prices

2018 - Price per person
2 Persons
Hotel CategoryDouble
First-Class Superior or LuxuryUS$ 3,230
First ClassUS$ 2,758
Included in the price:
  • Bilingual English-speaking, local travel guides (in some places for the entire duration of the trip, in others, for
  • certain parts only). When guides are available for the duration of the journey, transfers to and from Bogotá
  • are included in the price.
  • Transport (depending on the case to / from hotel, airport or other accommodation) in good tourism vehicles
  • or buses, which, in hot regions, such as the Caribbean coast for example, are equipped with air-conditioning.
  • Entrance to museums, national parks and other attractions
  • All mentioned services and benefits such as guided visits, tours, etc.
  • During transfers: tips for porters
  • Informative material in different languages and a welcome gift
Not included in the price:
  • Domestic flights within Colombia
  • Airport fees to be paid for domestics flights; at present: 35 USD per person
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Other services not mentioned in the program descriptions
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